Only in America
An Ohio middle schooler was suspended for seeing something but not saying something. Beth Mertel says she agrees her son should have told teachers that a fellow student pointed a toy gun at him, but feels that the suspension is an unduly harsh punishment. “They’re 11 years old,” said Mertel. “He doesn’t want to be the snitch.”
An Alabama middle schooler, meanwhile, has been suspended for saying something. On the school bus, the unnamed student heard another student talking about bringing guns to school, and promptly dialed 911 from his cellphone. Police surrounded the bus, causing what a school official called “needless panic and chaos.” The caller was suspended after it was determined that his classmates were discussing harmless Nerf-brand dart guns.